By TERYIMA ANDREW-
Authorities of Jos north local government area of Plateau state said it has suspended collection of revenue in some section within the local government as a means of ensuring proper accountability by those in charge of the sector.
The transition committee chairman of the local council, Mr. Shehu Bala Usman, made the disclosure to news men Tuesday at the council secretariat, during a press conference to mark his three months in office as the council boss.
The press briefing is also part of activities to mark the end of year 2019.
“At the moment, we are collecting revenue, only at motorparks and market places, we have suspended collection of of revenue in other sectors, this is to ensure that accountability is ensured, we shall re-constitute another revenue collectors next year.”
Commenting on the reduction of crimes and criminality in Jos north as it is been witnessed lately; Hon Usman said the council have rejuvenated 8500 suspected drug addicts, reunited them to the society to become useful citizens.
According to him, the protracted civil unrest in the state brought about the high number of drug peddlers.
“Our efforts towards ensuring a sustainable peace that we are currently enjoying, my coming on board as the transition committee chairman, we have been able to train and rehabilitated 8500 Sarasuka youth in different skills acquisitions, so that they can be useful to be society.”
The council chairman however warned that “but for those who may not be willing to change positively for the common good, they will be handed over to the security agencies to be dealt with accordingly.”
He stressed further that “we are determined to transform the energy of our youth in anti social behavior to the good of themselves and the society.
On the current segregation settlements and business locations on religious beliefs, he explained that “we are making efforts to ensure an integrated community by having people to do business in the same area and live together. “
It was learnt that the Jos north local government Transition committee chairman, who is a Muslim, but had visited several Christian worship places and donated relief materials to widows and the less privilege persons to enable them celebrate Christmas.
Hon Shehu Usman advocated for the inclusion of morality and religious tolerance in the elementary studies for schools in the state; according to him, it will help in curtailing incessant civil unrest, when people know the value of others devoid of religious believed.
He said his administration have taken the footsteps of Governor Simon Lalong, who according to him, operate policies and programme that has national value.
Hon Shehu Usman thanked governor Simon Lalong, for the appointment, he said the administration led by him do not discriminate on ethnic and religious line. He pledged support for a hitch free Christmas.
Earlier, the Jos north chairman had received the national leadership of the Goemai Unity and Development GUDO, who paid him a solidarity visit at his office.
GUDO delegation was led by national President, Theodore Bala Maiyaki, in an address formerly invited the council chairman to their up coming annual cultural festivity.
Mr. Shehu pledged attending the event alongside his cabinet, he urged them to live in peace.